Just for reference, the deleted rules 13.2.f and 13.2.g are below. 13 f) if the player taking the free hit is the next player to play the ball, the actions of taking the free hit and of next playing the ball must be two separate actions 13 g) before another player of the team which took the free hit is allowed to play the ball, the ball must move at least 1 metre. The ball does not have to move 1 metre before the player taking the free hit may play the ball again. My question is this; why are the two above rules deleted as a consequence of the introduction of direct aerials from free hits? I don't see the logic why their deletion is consequential to the introduction of the direct flick/scoop. Why not just add guidance to 13.2.f saying "If the player taking the free hit is flicking or scooping the ball, players need not be penalised for not taking two separate actions"? By deleting the two rules above, players can now run off from a free hit with the ball on their stick in one continuous movement, which in principle is fine if that's what we're doing now, but at my level that will bring in some significant difference in management because we'd been specifically asked last year to ensure and clarify that two distinct touches were made when taking a self-pass. It's one of those rules changes which has been snuck in and not enough has been highlighted about it. It's obvious that if you're scooping at a free hit, you can't do that in two movements. It's much less obvious that by deleting the two touches requirement, all other free hits are affected too, regardless of whether there's a direct scoop/flick.